In remote Kalachi, Northern Kazakhstan a new sleeping disorder has doctors and researchers scratching their heads in amazement and fear. Many villagers in the area have been losing track of time and consciousness at an alarmingly increasing rate without explanation.
This mystery began in 2013 and approximately 152 villagers have been affected so far with a variety of symptoms including memory loss, nausea, dizziness and sharp, blinding headaches. Many of those afflicted have experienced symptoms repeatedly and slipped into comas several times.
Doctors and research scientists have already ruled out radon, radiation and heavy metal salts as possible causes. Carbon monoxide levels were 10 times higher than normal, but only in some of the village houses. As a result, carbon monoxide has not been chosen as a definite cause at this time.
Another possibility is that uranium from a closed local mine might be the cause, but normal radiation levels make that possibility unlikely. Officials in Kazakhstan are now working on a volunteer emergency evacuation plans. They have already moved 100 villagers and plan to move the remaining 425 by May if the residents agree to move.